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Zach Britton works a scoreless frame for the save Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Orioles closer Zach Britton worked his way past a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to secure a 4-3 win and the save Thursday night against the Nationals. Britton is 15 of 17 in save chances, with a 1.33 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 47 1/3 innings of relief this season.

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Wei-Yin Chen picks up ninth win vs. Nationals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (9-3) fell one out shy of a quality start on Thursday, but still came away with the win against the Nationals. The right-hander permitted three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 win.

Over his last two starts covering 11 2/3 innings, Chen has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 4.15 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 18 starts (104 innings). The date for his next start after the All-Star break remains uncertain.

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X-rays come back negative on Ian Desmond's hand
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Hand X-rays came back negative on Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Desmond was removed from Thursday's game after being hit with a pitch. He attempted to remain in the game, but was taken out when a practice throw sailed on him while warming up to take the field. It's unclear how much time Desmond will miss due to the issue.

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Grady Sizemore promoted Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore has been called up to the majors Thursday.

Sizemore fared well in the minors, hitting .289 over 45 at-bats. He hit just .219/.288/.324 over 185 at-bats with Boston earlier this season. 

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David Buchanan heading to Triple-A Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitcher David Buchanan has been optioned to the minors Thursday.

Buchanan tossed a strong start against the Brewers Thursday, but Cliff Lee is nearing a return. The team won't need a fifth starter until Lee can come back, making Buchanan expendable. He posted a 4.40 ERA over ten starts in the majors. 

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Ian Desmond exits game with hand injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was forced out of Thursday's game against the Orioles with a hand injury.

Desmond was hit by a pitch in the hand in the eighth inning, tried to stay in the game, but left after taking warmups at short. He was replaced by Danny Espinosa.

Desmond finished 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the sixth inning. He owns a .241/.293/.429 slash line with 16 homers and 55 RBI in 345 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener at Philadelphia.

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Derek Holland hasn't been informed when he'll begin a rehab assignment
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (knee) has not been informed when he'll begin a minor-league rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

"I haven't heard anything, but the only thing I don't want happen is I'm out there for just two innings and 35 pitches," Holland said. "That better not happen. I have been throwing 80-pitch bullpens."

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Masahiro Tanaka to miss at least six weeks with partially torn UCL
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

After visiting three different doctors, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, the New York Daily News reports.

Tanaka is expected to receive a PRP injection Monday and has been recommended throwing program. Although Tommy John surgery has not been ruled out, Cashman expects Tanaka to be back in six weeks, if the rehab program is effective.

"That's our hope. Obviously timeframes are subject to change," Cashman said.

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Jedd Gyorko begins running
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko has started running Thursday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Gyorko is recovering from plantar fasciitis. He's still expected to be a few weeks away from a return. Gyorko is hitting .162/.213/.270 over 204 at-bats. 

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Marco Estrada moving to the bullpen
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Brewers starter Marco Estrada will be moved to the bullpen.

The Brewers called up pitcher Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Thursday, and announced he would start in Estrada's place Saturday against the Cardinals. Over 107 innings, Estrada has a 4.96 ERA. He's given up 27 home runs through 18 starts. 

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